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71st Fighter Wing

Constituted as 71st Fighter Wing on 11 Aug 1943 and activated on 15 Aug. Moved to the European theater in Dec 1943. Assigned to Ninth AF. Served in combat from Mar to Aug 1944 when its combat elements were relieved of assignment. Returned to the US, Nov-Dec 1945. Inactivated on 3 Dec 1945.

Allotted to ANG (Mo) on 24 May 1946. Extended federal recognition on 3 Jul 1946. Inactivated on 31 Oct 1950.

Groups. 366th: 1944. 368th: 1944. 370th: 1944.

Stations. March Field, Calif, 15 Aug-26 Nov 1943; Aldermaston, England, 23 Dec 1943; Greenham Common, England, 14 Jan 1944; Andover, England, 1 Mar-4 Jul 1944; Ecrammeville, France, 10 Jul 1944; St-Pierre-Eglise, France, 1 Aug 1944; Ecrammeville, France, 7 Aug 1944; Rennes, France, 20 Aug 1944; Versailles, France, 9 Sep 1944; Vittel, France, 23 Oct 1944; Heidelberg, Germany, 23 Apr 1945; Nancy, France, 21 May 1945; Nancy/Essey, France, 16 Jul 1945; Darmstadt, Germany, 25 Sep-Nov 1945; Camp Shanks, NY, 2-3 Dec 1945.

Commanders. Lt Col Merrick Bayer, 6 Sep 1943; Lt Col Joseph C Smith, 18 Oct 1943; Brig Gen Ned Schramm, 18 Nov 1943; 2d Lt Gordon L Belsey, Sep 1945; Capt Augustus D Clemens, 26 Oct 1945-unkn.

Campaigns. Air Offensive, Europe; Normandy; Northern France.

Decorations. Cited in the Order of the Day, Belgian Army: 6 Jun-[Aug] 1944.

Data from Air Force Combat Units of World War II By Maurer, Maurer, Published 1986


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